A former criminal prosecutor says the director of the FBI was used as a political prop Tuesday in a criminal investigation that reeks of corruption.
FBI Director James Comey held a brief press conference this morning, July 5, in which he described how Hillary Clinton broke federal law by receiving and sending classified emails through her private server.
After laying out the FBI's criminal case, however, he then proceeded to announce that the FBI is not recommending charges against Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.
"To me it whacks of corruption," observes Abe Hamilton, who formerly worked as an assistant district attorney in Texas and Louisiana.
Hamilton is currently an attorney for the American Family Association.
The only reason why Tuesday's press conference was called, says Hamilton, is that Comey is well-respected by both Democrats and Republicans.
"So for him to come out and say there's no charges is really - it really is an attempt to say, Hey, nothing doing here. Move along. Nothing else to see here," Hamilton alleges.
Despite the FBI director's reputation in Washington, D.C., House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that Comey's explanation "defies explanation."
He also predicted that not prosecuting Clinton for "recklessly" mishandling national security information "will set a terrible precedent."
While the statement zeroed in on federal law, Ryan's statement also noted that Comey contradicted Clinton's claims made over the past year about sending and receiving sensitive, classified emails via her own server.
Rudy Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor, told Fox News on Tuesday that Clinton clearly broke the federal law by failing to secure classified information and deserves to be prosecuted for commiting "gross negligence."
Citing the FBI's findings, Giuliani said Clinton would be disqualified for a low-level federal job because she would fail an FBI background check.
"I don't know how (Comey) will be able to charge anybody in the FBI or CIA who is careless," Giuliani said, referring to the FBI director's decision.
"Many of us hoped that the FBI was the last standing bastion of justice, truth and the American way," observes Sandy Rios, a spokesperson for AFA and a talk show host for American Family Radio.
Comey's announcement puts that in doubt, she says, and should make people "stop and think about what and who is left that we can actually trust in this government."
Editor's note: American Family Association is the parent organization of American Family News, which includes news website OneNewsNow.
This story has been updated with quotes from Sandy Rios.